Endless Corridor – ‘Best Documentary’

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The landmark independent documentary 'Endless Corridor' – focusing on the Khojaly Massacre – directed by Aleksandras Brokas, has received an award for Best Documentary, with Mr Brokas being named Best Director of a Documentary, at the Tenerife International Film Festival.

Aleksandras Brokas

Director Aleksandras Brokas paid tribute to the victims of the Khojaly Massacre in his acceptance speech

The painful lessons of history should finally be learned, and the tragedy of Khojaly never repeated.

'Endless Corridor', Lithuanian director Aleksandras Brokas’ film about the Khojaly Massacre, is attracting more recognition on the international festival circuit. Following its Best of Show Award in the US-based Accolade Global Film Competition, the film has picked up two more prestigious awards.

On 10 July, the Tenerife International Film Festival in Madrid declared 'Endless Corridor' to be the Best Documentary, and Aleksandras Brokas as the Best Director of a Documentary.

Delighted with this success, Brokas nevertheless first paid tribute to the people of Khojaly:

“Such huge international attention for 'Endless Corridor' shows that the story of this documentary is very important for people all over the world. The painful lessons of history should finally be learned, and the tragedy of Khojaly never repeated. But reality is different.

“It’s difficult to say how the film’s success could affect the lives of its heroes, but we believe the fact that knowing you are not alone in this world with your pain can sometimes give hope.

“All the awards we receive at the Tenerife International Film Festival as well as the Accolade Global Film Competition – where it gained the Best of Show Award – we dedicate to the heroes of our film and the people who died in the Khojaly tragedy.

“The Accolade award is very important in the film industry. Judges from this competition are well-known Hollywood filmmakers who also participate in the voting for the Emmys and Oscars (Academy Awards). Getting this award means that 'Endless Corridor' has been acknowledged as one of the best documentaries of 2015. And, after this award, we have a real possibility of aiming for next year’s Emmys.

“'Endless Corridor' has been submitted for more than 60 film festivals throughout the world. Most have already included it in their official programmes. The next one is the prestigious Cape Town Film Festival in South Africa. Also, next month, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and American Film Institute’s AFI FEST will announce their official selections.”

'Endless Corridor' follows two journalists, Lithuanian Richard Lapaitis and Russian Victoria Ivleva, on their return to Azerbaijan 20 years after covering the horrific Khojaly Massacre during the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. They journey to find the survivors they had first met in the aftermath of the Armenian attack. The accounts of both victims and perpetrators tell a dramatic story of the humanity and inhumanity of events in western Azerbaijan on 26 February 1992.

The film is narrated by Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning British actor, and the Emmy-winning American producer Gerald Rafshoon was the Executive Producer.

The film was presented in Istanbul, Ankara, Rome, Vilnius, London, Paris, Dublin, Berlin, Bern and Luxembourg in February as part of the Justice for Khojaly campaign, organised by Leyla Aliyeva, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

With further festivals to come, 'Endless Corridor' is also attracting international attention from leading TV channels.

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